Aoun to EU: Your Accusations against Resistance are False, Your Wars in Syria Have Impacted Lebanon

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Aoun: If only you could realize how Lebanon has suffered from the wars waged by some of your countries against Syria. over 6 years
Aoun: When the EU member states turn their backs on the peoples who are defending their freedom, they would be renouncing their own right, as all peoples have practiced their right to resist occupation. over 6 years
Aoun: We were hoping European states would back our right to regain our land, as Argentina had announced that Hizbullah had nothing to do with the incident that happened on its territory and Bulgaria has said that Hizbullah's role in the Burgas bombing has not been confirmed. over 6 years
Aoun: Today, Lebanon is still facing three forms of aggression: the persistent occupation of parts of its territory, the problem of Palestinian refugees, and the daily violations of its airspace. over 6 years
Aoun: It took 22 years for the U.N. resolution to be implemented and it was only put into effect under the pressure of the resistance's weapons and the July war is still in our memory. over 6 years
Aoun: These weapons were the factor that forced Israel to withdraw from the South in the year 2000, following 22 years of occupation. over 6 years
Aoun: Yesterday, I was stunned by the news of placing Hizbullah's military wing on the terror list, because that contradicts with the Charter of the United Nations which mentions the right to liberate the land. over 6 years
Aoun: As a Lebanese citizen, I have the right to address them regardless of my political position. I will speak to the European mind according to its values. over 6 years
FPM leader MP Michel Aoun after weekly meeting of Change and Reform bloc: Today, I will limit my statement to one topic. I will send a message to the EU which has put Hizbullah's armed wing on the terror list. over 6 years

Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun on Tuesday said the EU's decision to blacklist Hizbullah's so-called armed wing was “based on false accusations,” noting that Lebanon has been suffering from "the wars waged by some of your countries in Syria."

“Today, I will limit my statement to one topic. I will send a message to the EU which has put Hizbullah's armed wing on the terror list,” said Aoun after the weekly meeting of the Change and Reform bloc.

“As a Lebanese citizen, I have the right to address them regardless of my political position. I will speak to the European mind according to its values,” Aoun added.

“Yesterday, I was stunned by the news of placing Hizbullah's military wing on the terror list, because that contradicts with the Charter of the United Nations which mentions the right to liberate the land,” he said.

Reciting a written statement, Aoun added: “These weapons were the factor that forced Israel to withdraw from the South in the year 2000, following 22 years of occupation.”

“It took 22 years for the U.N. resolution (425) to be implemented and it was only put into effect under the pressure of the resistance's weapons and the July war is still in our memory,” Aoun went on to say.

He pointed out that Lebanon is still facing “three forms of aggression: the persistent occupation of parts of its territory, the problem of Palestinian refugees, and the daily violations of its airspace.”

“We were hoping European states would back our right to regain our land, as Argentina had announced that Hizbullah had nothing to do with the incident that happened on its territory and Bulgaria has said that Hizbullah's role in the Burgas bombing has not been confirmed,” Aoun said.

He noted that when the EU member states “turn their backs on the peoples who are defending their freedom, they would be renouncing their own right,” as “all peoples have practiced their right to resist occupation.”

“If only you could realize how Lebanon has suffered from the wars waged by some of your countries in Syria,” Aoun added.

To get the required agreement of all 28 EU member states, European foreign ministers had to overcome reservations of some members that the move would further destabilize Lebanon, where Hizbullah plays a key role in politics.

Accordingly, EU political and economic ties with Lebanon will be fully maintained in a delicate balancing act.

Hizbullah's military wing was blamed for a deadly attack on Israeli tourists in Bulgaria last year.

In March, a self-confessed Hizbullah operative was also convicted in Cyprus of plotting a similar attack.

Lebanon had asked the EU not to blacklist Hizbullah on the grounds it was an "essential component of Lebanese society."

Support for the EU sanctions against Hizbullah grew in recent weeks after the party openly declared it was sending fighters to back the Syrian regime.

SourceNaharnet
Comments 27
Default-user-icon Tony (Guest) over 6 years

ohhh plz not again..HA does not need u to defend themselves..

Thumb geha over 6 years

I still do not get it:
Nasrallah said it plainly: let them blacklist hizbushaitan.
why are all his sheep complaining now they are black listed?

Missing m.c. over 6 years

When you follow a politicians career and recognize how often he aligns himself on the wrong side instead of just, you can't help but to ask yourself why is he am elected official still. In 1991 he sided with Saddam Hussein against an unprecedented alliance and Lebanon paid the price of the Syrian invasion of east Beirut. He is doing it again, and Lebanon continues to pay hefty economic downfall and potential civil war. Also as a citizen, I can not understand your political motives over the years that have been disastrous.

Thumb general_puppet over 6 years

The poor old lunatic ex general was stunned :-)

The wannabe president is earning his pay today providing lip services to his Iranian militia masters. He should be careful not to say anything too nasty about the EU, after all he might need to run away another day and will be begging them for sanctuary.

Missing mohammad_ca over 6 years

does this mean that he lied to Congress?

Missing themadman over 6 years

Indépendamment de ce que Aoun dit, je trouve inappropriée la réaction de la plupart des personnes ici sur ce site à l'égard de la décision prise par l'EU sur le HA.
Le HA est un parti Libanais, qui plus est, représente une grande partie de nos compatriotes Libanais. Combien même ce parti est lié au régime Iranien, Nous somme dans l'obligation de vivre ensemble, de se comprendre et de rejeter toute tentative qui peut nous diviser.
Donc même si vous êtes en désaccord total avec le HA, Je pense que c'est le moment de s'unir ou du moins de s'abstenir aux attaques de règlement compte ou de vengeance.
Merci

Missing themadman over 6 years

@Anonymetexasusa
Je ne sais pas pourquoi tu me parles de communauté ou de confessions. Il me semble que je n'ai pas abordé ce thème, me tromperais je?
Oui le parti du HA a commis maintes erreurs, comme beaucoup de partis Libanais par ailleurs, notamment leur entrée en Syrie qui comme tu le dis, contredit et passe outre l'accord de Baabda, c'est vrai tu as raison.
Par contre je trouve que ce parti même, a montré une bonne résistance dans le passé et entre autre a amené la libération du sud de notre Liban en 2000. et ça je pense qu'on ne peut pas le nier.
De toute façon, ce parti compte beaucoup de partisan libanais ( je dirais même que c'est le parti le plus populiste au Liban en toute objectivité ) donc il faut se comprendre, et essayer de l’absorber dans l'état Libanais sans causer de violence, d'où mon commentaire de "s'abstenir aux attaques de règlement compte ou de vengeance."

Missing themadman over 6 years

@candian_paul
peux tu me citer un seul parti Libanais (populiste) présent sur la scène qui n'a pas "assassiné, matraqué a mort ou éliminé des compatriotes."?

Missing themadman over 6 years

@M11er
Oui on ne peut pas admettre qu'un parti "impose" sa politique su les autres. c'est vrai!
Qu'est ce qui est plus intelligent, plus pragmatique évitant la violence : venger, prêcher la haine contre le HA ultra armée, s'aligner avec l'étranger ( qui nous a diviser dans le passé) contre nos propres compatriotes , ou défendre la maison malgré les fautes du "frère" pour sauver notre pauvre maison et essayer de vivre ensemble, tous sous la protection du "père" ( la république Libanaise)?

Default-user-icon Canada (Guest) over 6 years

FLameThrower
"I am impressed you speak write fluently in french.....TAKBIT" lolololo......did you shave today

Default-user-icon a sad lebanese (Guest) over 6 years

The idiot has spoken again. How much money is Iran paying him

Thumb beiruti over 6 years

Good dog, good dog, want another cracker???

Missing samiam over 6 years

what he says and what he does are in contradiction with each other. check out his actions, or lack of them lately, and you will come to the same conclusion.

Thumb Bandoul over 6 years

I hope everyone can agree that there are things behind the scenes that though we can attempt to analyze, we could never fully understand. Although this action by the EU may not yield the desired impact (whatever they deem it to be) - it adds fuel to the fire smoldering quietly between the Lebanese. HA will dig their heels in with indignation to make their point while their opponents will continue to fan the fires feeling righteous. To what end? It is high time for everyone to understand saber rattling is not going to get HA to voluntarily disarm, period, the end. In my humble opinion HA will never disarm, they have no incentive to do so, if they consider doing so, it would be of their own accord and to suit their agenda. Clearly the Lebanese need to wrap their arms around the reality on the ground. The only way to co-exist with HA in peace is to accept this reality. Only through dialogue as arduous and futile as it may be, will we be able to sway HA's heart and mind.

Missing samiam over 6 years

while you make some good points, there is a saying "in order to recognize a problem exists, you have to recognize the problem". The problem is still hizb iran's weapons and its reluctance/refusal to abide by the laws of this land. They have 4 member indicted in Hariri's assassination, another in Harb's assassination attempt, but they have REFUSED to turn over the suspects.

Maybe if they acted like they were citizens of a country instead of bullies, they may get more sympathy from others--but they chose their actions and now must endure the consequences. Maybe as a reconciliation gesture, they can hand over these individuals and then maybe there can be dialogue. It won't happen though which is unfortunate.

Missing zahle_night1 over 6 years

You are a clown and a senile man.

Thumb benzona over 6 years

Patriotic-Iranian:

They are standing up against Israel, EU, Thailand, Argentina, USA and many other countries where they have their terrorist activities. God bless any Free
Syrian Hero who took the life of an Iranian invader terrorist on their soil.

Missing samiam over 6 years

doesn't aoun have a french passport?

Missing samiam over 6 years

ft, let me ask you a question? what GENERAL in history has ever advocated for a fighting force stronger than the national army of that country? His actions mimic those of african 'generals' than any in the civilized world.

Missing samiam over 6 years

ft, let me ask you a question? what GENERAL in history has ever advocated for a fighting force stronger than the national army of that country? His actions mimic those of african 'generals' than any in the civilized world.

Missing samiam over 6 years

FT, you didn't answer my question which is understandable given your uncomfortableness with the real answer. And to reiterate (many many times), mustaqbal aren't my friends--they just aren't my enemies. I disagree with them a great deal also, but not nearly as much as your M8 brethrens.

Missing bigjohn over 6 years

The Israeli terrorist state has bombed 3 Arab countries (Sudan, GAZA, Syria) in the last 12 months with IMPUNITY! Even though Israel claims that HA was behind the Bulgarian bus bombing, they do not dare bomb Lebanon because HA is the ONLY Arab entity that has deterrence against the Israeli expansionist state. That is the reason why Israel and the Zionist lobby US is going after HA mostly politically.

Missing bigjohn over 6 years

The EU needs to stop following the dictates of the Israeli/American lobby if it wants to have influence in the Arab world and does not want to blow up in its face. The EU decision has NOTHING to do with HA interference in Syria. After the Gulf states invaded Bahrain, the EU sold them more weapons, and it NEVER denounced the many thousands of foreign Sunni Jihadists in Syria.

Missing lebonknees4peace over 6 years

EU: Cancel his French passport.

Missing cedars over 6 years

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction,
-2013 HA publicly entered a war with Bashar against his own people.
They did not follow the disassociation policy set by their own one sided placed government, therefore as in 2006 by the order of Iran, the militia serves NOT Lebanon but an external body and soul.

Missing simplelogic over 6 years

Hizballah is a terrorist and illegitimate unconstitutional body in a divided country. You can't deny it. It is simple logic. Yes Michel Aoun, you can turn a blind eye and pretend that they are legit but you know that is wrong. The only interference in Lebanon is Hizballah and its' allies. Further, and honestly, every single problem Lebanon has right now has at least something to do with YOU and your best friend Hassan Nasrallah. Tfeh 3alek...traitor.

Missing samiam over 6 years

and maybe you should get a dictionary if you are worried about verbage

An advocate is defined a "person who publicly supports or recommends a particular cause or policy"--in this case the general is defending hizb iran and it's self proclaimed role as 'resistance'

what part of that is so troubling for you? He is defending them and their role--he didn't even condemn their role in syria.